The "European Citizens Initiative" (ECI) is a project by the European Commission, which encourages citizens to participate directly in the development of the EU and its policies. It does this by allowing us to make proposals for legislative changes. You can read more about the project on ECIs on the dedicated page at the website of the European Commission.
The opportunity to create ECIs and change the EU legislation, was launched less than an year ago, on the 9-th of May, 2012 (Europe day), and already 14 different ECIs have been set up.
Unconditional Basic Income
The ECI on Unconditional Basic Income was launched 3 months ago, and its purpose is to offer everyone the right to have his/her material needs met, in order to ensure a life of dignity as stated by the EU treaties. In short they want everyone to have a basic, guaranteed wage, which is at least enough to cover our day-to-day expenses.
The subject matter is officially defined as: "Asking the Commission, to encourage cooperation between the Member States (according to Art 156 TFEU) aiming to explore the Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) as a tool to improve their respective social security systems."
This can be achieved through "“pilot‐studies“ (Art 156 TFEU) and examination of different models of UBI (EP resolution 2010/2039(INI) §44) should be promoted by the EU."
At the time of the publishing of this article, the ECI on Unconditional Basic Income collected 24,300 signatures. It must collect 1 million signatures from across the EU (with its 501 million citizens) by next January (one year from its launch).
If you'd like to support the idea of an Unconditional Basic Income, sign the ECI here:
If you'd like to get involved, promote, or volunteer for this ECI, there are a number of ways to do this, which you can find on their website: http://basicincome2013.eu/ and on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BasicIncomeUK
Other Basic Income Groups
See an interactive map of all groups fighting for Basic Income here: http://basicincome2013.eu/ubi/european-map-of-basic-income-groups/
The campaign on the Unconditional Basic Income has been active for a long time in different forms, and in many parts of Europe, prior to the creation of the ECI on the subject.
Here are some other projects, initiatives and organizations which are campaigning for an Unconditional Basic Income:
Livable 4 All
In addition to these European-wide campaigns aiming to change EU policy, there are also local campaigns targeting national governments. In Finland and Switzerland there are currently national petitions on unconditional basic income.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR "THUNDERCLAP" CAMPAIGN, WHERE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WILL TWEET AT THE SAME TIME, TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT BASIC INCOME.
FIND OUT MORE HERE: http://thndr.it/1bBLiHz